An all NFC showdown will kick off the Sunday slate of Week 9 as the struggling Detroit Lions will look to avoid another embarrassing loss to Washington.
The Lions, for all their talent, somehow continue to struggle. At 3-5 against a lowly opponent, the Lions simply need a victory here on Sunday. But it won’t be easy given the injury to star wideout Kenny Golladay. Detroit has fared quite poorly on offense without their main target downfield, and Matt Stafford could struggle as a result.
For Washington, some optimism was wiped away last Sunday when they lost at home to the GIants in a key divisional clash. Now at 2-6, Washington will be forced to rely on Alex Smith – who hasn’t shown much at the tail-end of his career. The veteran play-caller is coming off of major surgery, and just getting back on the field was a massive accomplishment. He wasn’t supposed to be starting games this season, but here we are.
Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for our bet and prediction on the Lions vs. Washington. With the second-half of the season already upon us, it’s made games like these crucial for squads hoping to sneak into an expanded post-season. Enjoy the pick, and let’s make some money here in Week 10.
Detroit Lions vs. Washington Betting Odds:
Washington +3.5 (-110)
Detroit Lions -3.5 (-110)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Detroit Lions vs. Washington Football Team Pick:
While Matthew Stafford is expected to suit up and play on Sunday, he will again be without the aforementioned Kenny Golladay. This is a huge loss to Stafford, as he is really the only legitimate downfield target that can stretch the field for the Lions. Look for them to again struggle in the red zone as a result, even against a porous Washington defense.
Aside from Golladay, there isn’t much going for the Lions when they have the football. Marvin Jones isn’t the same threat, and on the ground Detroit has been wildly inconsistent. They seem content on feeding the ball constantly to an aged Adrian Peterson, with limited success. Washington does boast a very solid pass rush, and should be able to get Stafford off-balance and force him into hurried situations.
On the other side of the football, it will be Alex Smith under centre for Washington – so expect a ton of check-down throws and a healthy dose of the run game. Terry McLaurin is an elite receiver with great pace, though Smith won’t be able to hit him with regularity. Instead, look for Washington to really try and establish the running game early and often in this one. Detroit has been brutal vs. the run all season long, so Antonio Gibson should be able to keep the chains moving.
There aren’t many teams right now that this brutal Lions team should be favoured to, Washington included. Homefield is basically negated this season, and expect Washington to go into Detroit and secure a needed win. The Lions will struggle to move the ball, while Washington at least has a path to success here. Expect them to escape with a narrow victory in Week 10.